College Bowl Game Expert Picks

College Bowl Game Expert Picks

College Bowl Game Expert Picks

If you’re ready for some blue chip bowl game betting, then you’ve come to the right place!

We’re going to highlight a trio of quickly approaching bowl game matchups that all get underway next week and feature a pair of nationally-recognized participants, even if they weren’t legitimate national title contenders this past season.

Let’s get started with a huge matchup between two of the best mid-major programs in the nation as they get set for the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl.

Analyzing My College Bowl Game Expert Picks

Boca Raton Bowl
Marshall Thundering Herd vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Date: Dec. 23, 2014 
Start Time: 6 p.m. ET 
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Stadium: FAU Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio:  Marshall Vs  Northern Illinois
Point Spread: Thundering Herd -11
Game Total: 61.5

The first-ever Boca Raton Bowl could very well turn out to be the best and most competitive bowl game of them all, even if the two participants aren’t necessarily ‘big-name’ programs that even casual fans know about.

You see, the 2014 Boca Raton Bowl features two of the best mid-major programs in the nation this season.

Now, let’s see how’s going to win this intriguing affair.

Marshall bounced back from its only loss of the season just one week earlier to beat Louisiana Tech 26-23 in the Conference USA championship, but the Thundering Herd’s powerful offense has struggled a bit over the last three games and Marshall has failed to cover the spread in three straight.

MAC champion Northern Illinois has won an impressive seven straight games while scoring 31 points or more in four of those contests. More importantly, the Huskies have held each of their last six opponents to 21 points or less.

This pick is as simple as pie as Northern Illinois is far too good to get beaten by the 11 points it would take for them to not cover the spread.

Northern Illinois is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games following an SU win of at least 20 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.  I like the Huskies to cover with room to spare while possibly getting the outright win against a Marshall team they really match up well against!

Boca Raton Bowl Pick: Northern Illinois +10 Points

Military Bowl
Virginia Tech Hokies vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Dec. 27, 2014 
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET 
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Stadium: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio:  Virginia Vs  Cincinnati
Point Spread: Bearcats -3.5
Game Total: 49

I have absolutely no idea why the Cincinnati Bearcats are just 3.5-point favorites in this contest, seeing as how they’ve won a blistering seven straight games while Virginia Tech has lost four of their last six.

Sure, the Hokies won two of their final three games to narrowly become bowl eligible, but they did so against a pair of mediocre teams in Virginia and Duke.

The Bearcats are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games and have scored 38 points or more in five of their last seven games while Virginia Tech’s often unimpressive offense has been held to 17 points or less in four of their last six.

Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games while Virginia Tech has gone 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven neutral site games, making the Bearcats the easy pick to win and cash in!

The Military Bowl Pick: Cincinnati -3 Points

Independence Bowl
Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Dec. 27, 2014 
Start Time: 4 p.m. ET 
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana.
Stadium: Independence Stadium
TV Info: ABC
Radio:  Miami (Fl.) Vs  South Carolina
Point Spread: pk
Game Total: 59.5

Miami closed out its season with three straight losses, yet opened as a 3-point favorite, though the line is now a PK.

South Carolina won two of its final three games, but got routed by Clemson 35-17 in its regular season finale. Overall, the Gamecocks dropped three of its final five and five of its last eight games overall.

Miami actually played fantastic football before losing its last two games against Virginia and Pittsburgh. The Hurricane beat a very good Cincinnati team 55-34 before taking out Virginia Tech and North Carolina the following two weeks. Miami may have played even better in its 30-26 loss against undefeated Florida State on Nov. 15, making them the right pick to win outright and cover as a Pick ‘Em.

Not only are the Gamecocks just 2-6 ATS in their last eight neutral site games but they’ve also allowed 35 points or more in each of their last four losses. Miami avoids its first losing season since 2007 while handing South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier his first since his 1987.

The Independence Bowl Pick: Miami as a PK